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President's Message: 4/07/2019
Spring is finally here with everyone back on the roads enjoying a good ride. We need remember that most riders are a little rusty, Being safe is a top priority for all of us.
As always our roads are full of pot holes that will break your rim or put you down. Along with the added construction everywhere being aware of the conditions will save your life.
Again this year is designated as Motorcycle Awareness Month in R.I. The road signs will have messages about safety for Motorcyclists starting in May. Telling drivers that we are there and share the road with us.Since distracted drivers are still one of our biggest dangers we all hope the electronic messages on signs will save lives.
The Bill H5464 that Lou presented about permits for parade/event is still held in committee for further study.
Speaking of events, the Blessing Of The Bikes will be on May 5 2019. RIMA will have our booth there to sing up new members and renew if needed.Also shirts,sweatshirts, etc.
Our Veterans Memorial Run to the Veterans Cemetery will be on 5/27/2019. Leaving Motel 6 at Jefferson Blvd. Warwick at 12 noon. Honoring our Veterans past and present along with there families is important to all of us.Lets make this year another great turnout for them.
Our next meeting will be on 5/21/2019 7:00 pm.at SILVIOS restaurant 133 Greenville ave.Johnston R.I.
We at RIMA look forward to seeing everyone at the events this season.
RIDE SAFE RIDE FREE
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Rhode Island Thanks to our friends at the state house. The Proclamation will be read on the house floor on 4/24/2019. RIMA was there for the reading:
2019 -- H 5263
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF MAY TO BE "MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND URGING ALL RHODE ISLAND MOTORISTS TO AVOID DISTRACTED DRIVING
Introduced By: Representatives Bennett, Mattiello, Edwards, Jacquard, and Chippendale
Date Introduced: January 31, 2019
WHEREAS, Approximately 8.4 million motorcycles are registered in the United States
and there are approximately 28,690 motorcycles registered in Rhode Island. Motorcycle riding is
a popular form of transportation enjoyed by about fourteen percent of the American people; and
WHEREAS, Motorcycles provide a more efficient mode of transportation than cars or
trucks. Motorcycles use up fewer resources, cause less wear and tear on our roads and highways,
and increase available parking spaces; and
WHEREAS, Unfortunately, distracted driving poses grave dangers to other motorists,
especially motorcyclists. Distractions can be any activity that takes a drivers focus off the task of
driving, including eating and drinking, talking or texting on the phone, and numerous other
distractions, all of which pose serious dangers to the motorcycle driving public. In 2016, 3,450
lives were lost due to incidents involving distracted driving, and in 2015, 391,000 people were
injured in crashes that involved distracted driving; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the Month of May to be "Motorcycle Awareness
Month" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. Paul Bond, President of the Rhode Island
Electronic Road signs starting in May will have motorcycle messages displayed for all to see. Hopefully this will help with drivers being more aware of Bikes back on the roads and save lives.
The Bills that are at the Statehouse of our concern are only one at this time. The Bill for a Permit for Motorcycle Charity/Event has been kept in committee for further study. According to our friends it will remain there. We still have to be extra vigilant going forward with plenty of time for other bills to come up before this session ends in June.
With a close eye on what bills are presented we should be able to respond when needed.So for now we need to stay vigilant.
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